On July 5, 2013, a strong West Virginia man kissed his fiancée for the last time. An hour later, while working at a Marcellus Shale gas well drilling operation in Doddridge County, W.Va., he was nearly burned alive by a flash fire and explosion. He was transported to the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh.
After three weeks, the thirty-seven-year-old man died from a lung injury caused by thermal burns which deprived his brain of oxygen. While his father, was contacted by a number of personal injury lawyers – several that he knew well – he called Wilson, Frame and Metheney, a law firm that had been successful in lawsuits involving burns and the drilling industry.
As a result of their investigation, the employer assumed responsibility. WF&M secured financial security for the victim's immediate family including his two daughters, 8, and 1; his fiance; his parents; and his brother.